“This piece of denim, don’t you think it looks kinda like our planet from outer space?” —Korakrit Arunanondchai
The four classic elements are earth, water, air, and fire, but Bangkok-born Korakrit Arunanondchai adds a fifth to the ranks: denim. Believing the material to be universal—a ubiquitous fabric worn in both the East and West—the artist makes blue-jean paintings that are bleached, ignited, and extinguished; the practice falls in the lineage of Thai performance artist Duangjai Jansaunoi, of “Thailand’s Got Talent” fame. At right, view a film of his (and her) process—and if you visit the exhibition, you can watch from your seat on a giant denim pillow.
“Muen Kuey (It’s Always the Same)” is on view at C L E A R I N G, Belgium through July 20th, 2013.